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    School Board Hears Progress Reports
On Plans For Comprehensive Schools
BY MAKJOKIK MKCil VKRM
South Brunswick High School (SBHS) and South
Brunswick Middle Schtx>! (SBMS) faculties were grant
otl an early release from schwl on two spring days in or
der to work on Comprehensive Management
Plans(CMP) for their schools.
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its Monday night meeting to allow school dismissal at
1 ' 50 p.m. on April S and May 13. at the request of the
iw o schools.
SBHS faculty member Karl Tutt, reported that im
plementation of the comprehensive school program, in
li e planning stages lor the last several weeks, is on
schedule and the program w ill be in place this fall.
"1 ilt> five of our 62 teachers have committed them
selves to this." he said, "and we have 36 faculty mem
bers working on committees." He noted that the newly -
lormeil Parents In Action (PIA) group is heavily in
m'KciI in supplying parent volunteers.
The program was introduced to the SBHS faculty
eh 26 and committees were organized March 1 1 .
I licse were on: a safe and orderly discipline |x>licy:
.lentil ivalion ol at-risk students: stall development: a
iiission statement: media centers and skills classes,
valuation: and a positive home/school relationship.
l ull pointed out that a newsletter just sent from the
school to parents is the first fruit (if the home-school
committee. Copies were distributed to board members,
along with the mission statement and a time-line for im
plementing the program.
Superintendent of Schools P.R. Hank ins praised the
program, saying PI A w as its catalyst.
A model encouraged by the State Department ol
Public Instruction, the comprehensive schools plan in
cludes such features as flexible scheduling, personal ad
visers. nurturing classes and enrichment activities. The
goal is to identify and serve at-risk students.
Lcs Tubb, principal of South Brunswick Middle
School, and faculty member Panic Gale Price reported
that the middle school is not as far along as the high
school in its implementation, but is progressing well.
"We have collected surveys from parents." Ms. Price
said, "and have conducted a workshop."
Tubb added. "Our mollo is 'Teaming for Success'.
We arc teaming with parents and among our faculty."
He noted that his school is the first middle school in
lite suite looking at this program, which is expected to
be in place by fall 1993.
Parental Complaints
Ironically, the meeting opened on a somewhat less
congratulatory note, as two mothers brought complaints
to the board.
For a second consecutive year, Jcanic Mint/ of
I a- land asked board members to put a stop to North
Brunswick High School holding us Junior-Senior prom
on Mother's Day weekend.
"The kids spend a lot ol money on the prom, and I
think a gilt for mother is more important," she said.
"Also, after the prom they go off somewhere and get
drunk and are up all night.
"Surely , the principals could find another weekend
lor this prom. I've talked to Mr. Harris (Robert Harris,
principal at North Brunswick High School), and he said
he couldn't do anything. Maybe he didn't have a
Mama."
Board Chairman Donna Baxter told Mrs. Mint/,
"We can't change any thing this year, and the scheduling
is up io the principals, bin we can ask them to take this
into consideration lor next year and we certainly will."
Russ asked Mrs. Mint/ if students were upset over
the scheduling ol the prom on Mother's Day weekend.
"No. they don't care. It's just the mothers," Mint/
replied, "but nobody cares about mothers."
Susan Bass had a list of items to discuss with the
board, including the fact that In -School Suspension
forms have no place for parental signatures: that parents
were not advised of upcoming California Achievement
Tests in time to prepare their children: and that students
changed classes every hour, with resulting clamor and
problems in the halls ol the schools.
"Why not let teachers change classes instead of stu
dents.1" she suggested. "1 asked a principal about it and
he said it would be inconvenient for teachers, but the
kids run in the halls and get into drugs and other trouble,
while teachers are just sitting in classes waiting for
them."
Advised that she could not complete her list during
this meeting, since public address to the board is limited
to a few minutes per person, Bass asked if that policy
had been changed.
Replied Ms. Baxter, "We had such a time problem,
we had to put a three-minute limit on everybody."
Bass indicated she would return to the next meeting.
Driver Education Changes
Nelson Best, who directs the driver education pro
gram. reported on changes for the coming school year.
"Back in 19X1 the state mandated driver's education
to be taught during the school day," he said. "However,
this year we've had a 22 percent cut in funds and the
state no longer provides the cars or gas for them."
Resulting changes planned Marling this fall include
the same certified driver's education teachers for the
classroom instruction portion of the program, with these
classes held alter schixil and on Saturdays, and contract
ing for bchind-thc-wheel instruction.
"This part would Ik done by the bidding process
and the conuaclor would furnish the cars and gas. so it
should save money for the county," he said.
Russ asked if the school system would require stu
dents to lake their classroom instruction at the school
and Best replied thai they would be free to arrange either
classroom or behind-the-wheel as they pleased.
Dropout Prevention Actions
Wendy Milligan. drop-out prevention specialist, in
vited board members and audience to a family night
event on April 14, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Public
Assembly Building at the government center in Bolivia.
The event is sponsored by the CBA task force (see
related slory elsewhere in this issue).
In her role she directs the Jobs Training Partnership
Act (JTPA) and Community Based Alternatives (CBA)
programs for ihc system.
She announced the Youth Issues week schedule of
speakers in county high schools, including professional
basketball player Archie Tallcy at SBHS on April 14
and West Brunswick and North Brunswick April 15, and
consultant Albert Long at SBMS and Waccamaw
School on April 15. These speakers will talk about self
esteem and alternatives lo drugs, Mrs. Milligan said.
She said the J TP A program serves lX) young people
at present and 80 in extended day classes. It is funded
equally by state and federal dropout prevention funds.
Mrs. Milligan also called attention to H.B. 14S in the
state General Assembly, aimed at finding effective
dropout prevention measures. It required the Department
of Public Instruction to research longer compulsory ai
tcndancc, the relationship of the driver's license to stay
ing in school and limiting after-school employment
hours. The department was also told to re-evaluate the
current attendance law for adequate enforcement.
"The results of this research were to have been re
ported to die General Assembly by April 1." she saiii.
"but the report has not yet been presented."
Bus Garage Scores High
Bill Turner, assistant superintendent for auxiliary ser
vices, said the state department has given die Brunswick
County bus garage an effectiveness rating this year ol
percent, compared with XK percent last year.
"Our buses have traveled 1.5 million miles in the
last year and had only five accidents." he said, "and only
one of those was our fault."
He announced that on May 1 a bus drivers award
banquet would be held at Bolivia Elementary School i<>
honor the county drivers, the lirst event ol its kind.
Construction of Supply Elementary School is on
schedule. Turner said, with 74} prospective students
identified for the opening in the fall.
All county schools must be caret ully checked, he
announced, to insure compliance with the 1990
American Disability Ad that requires accessibility for
all kinds of handicaps. "We can do that checking our
selves," he said.
Other Business
In other business:
?Cilenda Browning was named as the community mem
ber to serve on the county review panel for Brunswick
County Teacher of the Year.
?A budget meeting of the board was scheduled 6:30
p.m. Monday, April 13, at the central officc conference
room. The school budget must be presented to the
Brunswick County Board of Commissioners by April
Sunset Eyes Height Limit
Tied To Flood Elevations
BY SUSAN USHKR
Sunset Beach is looking into lying a height limit on island construc
tion to l(K)-ycar flood elevations.
Before the town council meets again on May 1 1 . the planning board
I plans to review information presented Monday to the town council by a
I consultant.
II the tow n were to measure a 35-foot height limit from one fool be
low I1(xhI elevation, said Joe Tomboro o! Powell and Associates of
' North Myrtle Beach, S.C.. "the profile as you drive onto the island
j would not change."
The lown council has been asked to consider a height limit similar to
that already in place at Holden Beach and l ong Beach, one set b\ the
Mate legislature and subject to change only by vote ol the town's resi
den is. 'Ihe request was prompted in part by the concern ol properly own
ers that a proposed sewer system might open up the possibility ol higher -
density development, though the town currently has a 3 5- fool heighi lim
it ordinance.
A rough survey of lite island by the firm, consultants lor the town's
sewer system study, indicated that most existing homes on the island
would fall w ithin several feet of the heights thai would result from a lim
it tied to Hood elevations.
The maximum required Hood elevation on the island is IS feet ai pre
sent. Tomboro said, while the minimum is around 13 feet or 14 feet,
j Measuring would begin at one loot below the bottom beam of the house,
or at a maximum point of 17 feel. That would put the maximum distance
from street level to roof peak ai about 52 feet. Some existing homes
stand taller than that now , he said.
He described the existing heiglu limit ordinance as "very loose," not
ing thai while builders cannot fill in low lots, they can excavate lo bring
a lot down lo street level.
While the planning board hasn't had a chance to look at die proposal
yet. Chairman Richard Good said thai to him it has potential as a stan
dard dial could be defended as well as "aesthetically acceptable" io most
people.
Mayor Mason Barber said Holden Beach officials "jumped on il like
a June bug" when Sunset Beach discussed die idea w ith them.
"They thought it might be die solution to iheir problem," he said.
Bird Island Buy Proposed
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land Monday if ii felt the density of
development should be changed
from one acre to four acres.
The important thing, he indicat
ed, is to make sure the town doesn't
prevent the island's owner from rea
sonable use of or a reasonable return
on her property.
Presently the portion of the is
land within the'town's jurisdiction is
not zoned, but Planning Board
Chairman Richard Good said
Monday the town is obligated to
zone it in some fashion. "II not, in
eflcct we are giving a discriminating
condition to that property owner."
Until then, Mrs. Price can do
with it as she desires, subject to state
and federal regulations. A portion of
the island is within Sunset Beach's
zoning jurisdiction, while another
section come under the jurisdiction
of Brunswick County, which does
not have a zoning ordinance. The
westernmost part of the island lies
within Horry County, S.C.
In February Mrs. Price applied
for state and federal permits to re
place a former bridge 10 the island,
to build a pier with room lor six
boats and to accommodate residen
tial use by her and possibly other
family members.
The move sparked quick reac
tion from those familiar with the
property, a unspoiled barrier island
between Sunset Beach and I ittle
River Inlet.
Democrats Rally Behind
Plea For Parly Unity
(Continued From Page 1-A)
the Democratic primary, proposed
by Oak Island II Precinct; and
?Rejected a resolution calling for
reduction of the national delicit by
25 percent within four years, pro
posed by Oak Island II Precinct.
Opponents said there wasn't
enough information to pass a resolu
tion on the Pentagon funds issue ami
the taxing ol umber companies.
Also, several said reducing die de
ficit by 25 percent in four years
would be impossible without cutting
needed cot i:il programs.
Treasurer Mark Lewis reported
the party has S3 in the bank and
owes S3 1, 000 lor the headquarters
building till under construction in
Suppl) Democrats voted to pay
United Carolina Bank S1,(XX) for in
teres, and principal.
Five precincts had no representa
tives at the convention. Twenty-nine
persons were selected as delegates
to the district convention to he held
May Ift. I p.m., at Lcland Middle
School.
The following were also appoint
eel: Jams Simmons and Elizabeth
Dameron. to the House Select Com
mittee: Marion Davis and Ronald
Hewett, to the Senate Select Com
mittee; Diana Morgan and Carlton
Sligh in the Judicial Select Com
mitlec.
Those delegates arc responsible
lor picking a successor should a seal
for Suite House, Senate or nidge In
come vacant.
Arbor Day Ceremony Includes Pitch For Urban Forest Plan
HY I KKRY POPE
Cutting limber or forest land to
make way for urban development
often stirs up negative images.
Municipalities arc eyeing an ur
ban forest program aimed al replac
ing trees lost each year to develop
ment in Brunswick County, where
rural communities are rapidly be
coming more urban.
While millions of acres arc affect
ed cach year worldwide, the culling
of umber is just one part of Ihe for
est products industry, a S9 million
per year business in Brunswick
County.
"li s a cycle," said Robert Bea
son, president of the N.C Foiwirv
Association, "and harvesting is a
pan of lhat cycle."
Bcason, manager of North Caro
lina land and limber operations for
International Paper Co., was in
Brunswick County lasi week lo help
observe Arbor Day, a day designat
ed for planting trees.
Officials met al Brunswick
County's new 91 1 emergency com
munications building 10 plant ihc
first tree on the new site, a Bradford
pear presented by the Brunswick
Timber Co. The ceremony was slat
ed lo also noie the start of the 911
program, which is scheduled to be
gin April 15.
Bcason was appointed last month
by Gov. James Martin to head ihe
forestry association, which is holding
its centennial celebration this year.
Brunswick County has about
407,000 acres of forest land, wilh
about half of thai held by small
landowners who have 100 acres or
less. Forestry activities include the
cutting of forest products for pulp
wood, timber, Christmas irecs and
ihe harvesting of pine straw for
landscaping.
"A lorcsi serves any number of
uses," said Bcason.
Called Tree City USA and spon
sored by the National Arbor Day
Foundation, the American urban for
est program provides towns with
grants to pay for purchase of trees
and for their continual care.
Communities ol any si/e can quali
fy, from less than 100 residents to
larger cities.
Nine municipal leaders and coun
ty commissioners mei recently lo
discuss ihe impact of such a pro
gram on Brunswick County, said
Milton Coleman, Brunswick County
Cooperative Extension director.
Coleman said S20 million was put
into a federal irust lund to make sure
the loresl program continues. Grant
STAff PHOTO BY U?BY POPt
OFF IC1ALS MET in front of the county's new 911 center to plant a pear tree for Arbor Day. Pictured
are (from left) Milton Coleman, Brunswick County Cooperative Extension director; Robert Beason,
iX.C. Forestry Association president; Miss Brunswick County Crystal Williams; and Bex Nash and
Fred Jones of Brunswick Timber.
applications in Brunswick County
aionc will vary, he said.
"What's going to be applicable
for Bolivia is going to be different
for the beach communities," said
Coleman. "Some municipalities
have jumped on it already."
Ocean Isle Beach has planted nu
merous crepe myrtles, a type of tall
shrub, in the same spirit of the urban
forest plan. But that effort is not ac
tually a part of the national Tree
City USA program.
Timber is cut in North Carolina to
produce furniture, fixtures, lumber,
wood products and paper. The suite
has about 3,(XX) forest products
manufacturing plants. The industry
ranks second in manufacturing em
ployment. giving I45,(MX) jobs to
residents.
The total value of standing timber
in the suae is estimated at more than
S9 billion. Rex Nash of Brunswick
Timber Co. in Bolivia said timber
companies do more than just chop
down trees.
Arbor Day is a "good opportunity
to make the public aware of what we
do in the industry," said Nash
"Not only are we cutting timber.
Temperate Spring Weather
Anticipated In Coming Week
Area residents can expcci to enjoy no major fluctuations of extreme
? j *
moderate, early spring weather over
the next few days.
Shallotlc Point meteorologist
Jackson Canady said Tuesday that
die current outlook is "somewhat
encouraging," calling for both tem
perature and rainfall to be about nor
mal for this time of year.
He expects temperatures to aver
age around 50 degrees at night
climbing into the lower 70s during
the daytime, with no more than a
hall-inch ol rainfall.
"On the whole I think it will be
very enjoyable weather, pleasant,
early spring weather," he said, "with
heat or cold in the offing.
For the period March 31 through
April 6, Canady recorded a high of
69 degrees on Marcn 3 1 and April I ,
and a low of 28 degrees on Apnl3.
A daily average high of 64 de
grees and an average nightly low of
37 degrees resulted in a daily aver
age temperature of 50 degrees,
which Canady said was 10 degrees
below normal.
"We're making up for the pluses
we had in February and early
March, said Canady.
He recorded only .15 of an inch
of rainfall.
but wc arc reforesting, 100," he said.
Reforesting is the replanting and
caring for trees to lake the place of
ones which are cut, to complete the
cycle of growth. The industry is
concerned with planting, watering,
pruning, insect and disease control
and dead tree removal.
The urban forest program hopes
to replace trees lost to development
in parks, playgrounds, along railroad
tracks, hiking trails, rivers, streams.
in golf courses, open spaces and
near houses, apartments or offices.
Towns that want to participate
must form a department, board,
commission or other authority re
sponsible for tree care; adopt a city
tree ordinance to set tree planting,
spacing and location requirements;
designate at least S2 per capita to
develop a work plan for planting
trees; and conduct an annual Arbor
Day tree planting ceremony.
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